High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects about 25 per cent of all adults in the UK, according to the NHS.
Hypertension puts extra strain on blood vessels and vital organs. It increases the risk of life-threatening conditions, including heart disease, heart attack and strokes.
If your blood pressure is extremely high, it could lead to vision problems, fatigue, a pounding in the chest, or finding blood in your urine.
But, you could lower your blood pressure by adding more coriander to your diet, it’s been claimed.
Coriander could help to lower your risk of hypertension, scientists have reported.
“For people suffering with hypertension, consuming this spice has been shown to reduce blood pressure,” said nutritionist Dr Josh Axe.
“Not only does it help positively modulate gut activity, but it also has a diuretic effect on the body, which is very helpful to people suffering from high blood pressure.
“When you treat high blood pressure, you also decrease your risk of serious and deadly conditions like blood clots and strokes.”
The herb could also help to treat diabetes, by naturally lowering blood sugar, the nutritionist said.
Coriander improves carbohydrate metabolism, and stimulates the secretion of insulin, scientists found.
Adding coriander to your diet could also boost blood flow and heart health.
It could even reduce symptoms of digestive problems, including irritable bowel syndrome.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet could help to lower your blood pressure, said the NHS.
Hypertension patients should also try cutting down on the amount of salt they eat, or limiting their alcohol consumption.
The only way of knowing if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked.
You can check your blood pressure at your local GP surgery, or at some pharmacies.